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Woman accused of torching truck she thought belonged to someone else

July 09, 2018 05:59 PM

SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Connor Berry woke up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, and he heard sirens.  When he looked out, he saw four and a half foot flames leaping out of the truck he uses for his lawn care business.

Police say they got a call for a truck on fire in the parking lot of the Gaslight Square Apartments on Hamilton Street in Saratoga Springs at about 2:40 a.m. Monday morning.

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Flames were leaping several feet into the air.

The cab of the truck was damaged, but most of the damage was in the bed of the truck.  Some of Berry's equipment was destroyed.

Police say 52-year-old Julie Gailor set the fire and that she thought the truck belonged to someone else.  

She is charged with arson, criminal mischief, and petit larceny.

Police would not discuss any possible motive.

She also allegedly stole a lawn chair before the fire.

Berry estimates that he's out about a thousand dollars for the equipment.  He has insurance for his truck.

He says he has never seen Gailor in his life.  

Most of all, he's grateful that no one was hurt.  

He told us, "Me and my family just want her to get the help she needs!  Thank God nobody was hurt.  Saratoga police and fire were amazing!  And the Berrys will figure it out, it's unfortunate and why me, but let's move forward."

Police say there could have been a different ending to all this.

"It was not in close proximity to the houses there, the apartments, there were no other cars nearby, but you never know how these things can progress.  You can have an explosion, you've got officers, you've got some civilians out there, especially the one who owns the truck, and you could have some people injured just incidentally by what took place," said Saratoga Springs Police Lieutenant Bob Jillson.  

Gailor is in jail on $10,000 cash bail.

       

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